As I am sure you are aware this our first post to our blog, and we wanted to start off on a positive note, looking back at the biggest space achievements this year. Within the main post we will briefly discuss our three favourite points from this year, and there will be links to those three and anything else we find interesting at the end of this post. This will be a yearly occurrence from now on and I t would be nice to hear your favourite points as well. Enjoy 🙂
2014 has been a massive year for space exploration with the most notable highlight being the Rosetta mission, and the landing of Philae on comet Churyumov Gerasimenko, or 67P. Despite the complications that arose when Philae failed to deploy its grappling hooks, the mission and 10 years of waiting was all worth it in the end. Not only did the human race manage to land a probe on a comet millions of miles away, but we also gained extra insight into the formation of the early solar system. NASA also had their moment this year, with the recent success of the Orion spacecraft’s first test flight everyone around the world is now excited by human exploration of deep space. However, NASA experienced a problem this year with the explosion of the Antares rocket just seconds after launch. Although the spacecraft’s original mission was to deliver resources to the ISS, the completion of the mission was not entirely necessary as the station had enough food supplies to last until march, 2015. One final major event that happened this year regarding space would be the announcement of Lunar Mission One. As a British space enthusiast I was elated when I first heard about this, the revelation that Britain may finally be getting her own space program! I have pledged myself and can safely say that I was one of the people who kick-started (pun intended) Britain’s space program. In a nut shell the project calls for the development of a lunar lander, which is to land on the south pole of the Moon and drill down between the depths of 20 metres and 100 metres. Drilling to this depth on the Moon has never been done before, and is hoped to give us a look back in to time when the Moon was formed.
Rosetta mission – http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta
Orion space craft – http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/index.html
Thank you for taking your time to read this, and here’s to another great year for space exploration!
– The Spacebunker team